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Mon

12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!

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  • The Virgin Suicides

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (820)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (563)

    This nationally best-selling novel from Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeffrey Eugenides was adapted into an acclaimed film by Academy Award-winner Sofia Coppola. A haunting yet wickedly funny tale, The Virgin Suicides has captivated countless readers with its intoxicating portrait of lost innocence. A brilliant fusion of dark humor and tragedy, it is an atmospheric, allegorical masterpiece about five oppressed, suicidal sisters and the boys who dream of rescuing them.

    Lexi Lou says: "Read this if you want to enjoy this audiobook"
    "Another win"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Eugenides is a genius with words. The subtlety of this story is what makes “The Virgin Suicides” so moving.

    This is the tale of 5 sisters whose presence causes silence, shock, longing and mystery. We are told the story through the hazy adolescent lens of sexually confused boys obsessed with the Lisbon sisters. There is Cecilia, the youngest, at 13 and the first to commit suicide. Then there is Lux, the sexual and enigmatic sister who brings boys to their knees at 14. Then Bonnie the bookish sister at 15. Mary at 16, and the last to die. And finally there is Terese the oldest with her protective goggles and baggy sweatshirts at 17. The girls act as a single organism and they protect each other against everyone it seems, especially their parents and ultimately assist each other in death.

    I have not stopped thinking of this story since I finished the audio. It is beautiful and tragic AND I love how Jeffrey Eugenides spins a tale. Middlesex was my first read and I LOVED that book. Virgin Suicides is different. I think it highlights human events that are paramount and obvious but are still treated with indifference or with a languid understanding in order to move on to the next day’s event. This book highlights everything that is missed, which is so much more than is understood.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I think the 1970's suburban backdrop is the perfect setting for a book that explores adolescent angst, death and obsession.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rule: A Marked Men Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jay Crownover
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake, Michael Rahhal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (649)
    Story
    (656)

    Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn't want - and the only person she's never tried to please. She isn't afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won't listen.

    Jordy says: "An opposites attract love story......"
    "Loving this series"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Rule to be better than the print version?

    I've flown through most of this series in the last 2 weeks, and I highly recommend. I'm on Rowdy (book 5) and the Marked Men series is yummy, interesting, addicting and hot!

    My friend at work recommended this series and I'm so glad she did. Each book walks us through the story of a different tattoo artist (with the exception of book 2 where Jet is a local rock star) in Denver, Colorado. The characters are all well developed, and likable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I like most about the story is that each new audiobook builds on the last, so now that I've begun listening to book 5, I have gotten to know this gang of cool artists living life and loving hard in the Rocky Mountains.


    Have you listened to any of Sophie Eastlake and Michael Rahhal ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time I've heard them and they do a great job!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, absolutely. And I have lost some major sleep listening to this series.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like book 1, then just purchase the whole series. It's one continuous good story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Effect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (439)

    Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge because - surprise! - Rosie is pregnant. Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

    Elizabeth says: "The bad reviews are true, alas...."
    "Sadly dissapointing"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No unfortunately not. I loved the Rosie Project - I thought it was such a smart, fresh, different take at courtship and romance. It was very original. This follow-up felt forced, rushed and wasn't in any way interesting. I found Rosie super irritating and Don for all his planning got himself into one stupid situation after another.


    What does Dan O'Grady bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a great job narrating the story.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    a better storyline.


    Any additional comments?

    Given the reviews, either you will find this follow-up story of Don and Rosie hilarious or you will be sadly disappointed. If you loved the Rosie Project, then you kinda have to go for it and try it out for yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Descendants

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kaui Hart Hemmings
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (973)
    Performance
    (849)
    Story
    (852)

    Matthew King was once considered one of the most fortunate men in Hawaii. His missionary ancestors who came to the islands were financially and culturally progressive - one even married a Hawaiian princess, making Matt a royal descendant and one of the state’s largest landowners. But now his luck has changed. His two daughters are out of control - 10-year-old Scottie has a smart-ass attitude and a desperate need for attention and 17-year-old Alex is a recovering drug addict.

    Michael says: "Not Sappy instead honestly elicits tears & laughs"
    "Unexpected! Loved this book."
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    Where does The Descendants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's at the top of the list. I was not expecting to love this book; the writing is simple and powerful, the characters realistic, and the Hawaiian setting perfect to hold a story about loss, grief and reclaiming the past.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Matthew king's character. He's a bit of a sleeper and slowly wakes to some hard truths and realities. I particularly liked that his character is both gentle and strong.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    He has a nice smooth voice. It fit with my imagine of George Clooney as Matthew king.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this audio sometime ago after seeing and enjoying the movie, and just never got around to listening to it. The book is even better and I enjoyed every moment of it. This book kinda wowed me and am now recommending it to all my friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What I Love about You: Truly, Idaho, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Emma Bates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    Ex-high school cheerleader Natalie Cooper could once shake her pom-poms with the best of them. But she's paid for all that popularity: her husband's run off with what's left of their money and a 20-year-old bimbo named Tiffany. Leaving Natalie to manage a photo store and having to see some pictures she, well, really shouldn't.

    Mon says: "Wished it were better"
    "Wished it were better"
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    Would you try another book from Rachel Gibson and/or Emma Bates?

    Yes, I like her narration. It's clean, dry and she moves from voice to voice effortlessly.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rachel Gibson again?

    Absolutely. I have downloaded all her audios. I wish audible would release more.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    More coupling character development. There just wasn't enough sizzle there.


    Any additional comments?

    While I was not a huge fan of this audio, it has some pluses. The characters from truly, Idaho are entertaining. The story worked- it just wasn't great. Rachel Gibson has set the bar pretty high so when she's nails a story, she nails it! This was not great but good enough.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Why Can't I Be You

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Allie Larkin
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (88)

    When Jenny Shaw hears someone shout "Jessie!" across a hotel lobby, she impulsively answers. All her life, Jenny has toed the line, but something propels her to seize the opportunity to become Jessie Morgan, a woman to whom she bears an uncanny resemblance. Lonely in her own life, Jenny is embraced by Jessie’s warm circle of friends - and finds unexpected romance. But when she delves into Jessie’s past, Jenny discovers a secret that spurs her to take another leap into the unknown.

    Mon says: "Fun story about Mistaken Identity"
    "Fun story about Mistaken Identity"
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    What did you love best about Why Can't I Be You?

    I enjoyed the entire book, from start to finish. It's a story about having the chance to be someone else, step into someone else's shoes and be that someone you've always wanted to be. This book is clever, sweet and playful. When protagonist Jenny Shaw innocently (at first) takes on the identify of cool, bad-ass popular girl Jessie she only plans to be her for a moment. It was after all, a case of mistaken identity and she couldn't bring herself to initially make the correction. And once her "friend" from high school showed her elation and surprise at seeing Jessie after so many years, Jenny was point blank seduced by the attention. At this point, Jenny NEEDED a friend, and she needed to feel part of shared past. From here, the story snowballs and Jenny slowly morphs into Jessie.

    I didn't know how Allie Larkin was going to tie the two identities together because as Jessie, Jenny had friends, was free to speak her mind and was wanted. The temptation to be Jessie was just too strong a pull and Jenny didn't come out as Jenny until she was in the thick of it. I didn't think Allie Larkin could wrap this story up but she did. The finale was pulled together nicely. This is an enjoyable listen and I'm glad I listened to it.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

    I love Julia Whelan. With her voice, she makes every book better.


    Any additional comments?

    It's worth the time and credit. I hope to see more Allie Larkin audiobooks in the future. She's a fav!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Perfect on Paper: The (Mis)Adventures of Waverly Bryson

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Maria Murnane
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (306)

    Waverly Bryson is a successful businesswoman in her late 20s who almost has it all: a dream job in sports PR, two best friends, and a bar where everybody knows her name. What she doesn’t have is a ring on her finger. And after being ditched at the altar, she’s in no hurry to get one. Besides, plenty of other issues keep her busy, including her wayward father, a new rival at work, and an ever-nagging fear that her life is not turning out as she thought it would...or should.

    Missy says: "Just ok..."
    "Silly"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, it was a very silly book with an annoying main character.


    What was most disappointing about Maria Murnane’s story?

    It could have been a very fun light hearted book had the story been pulled together. This book needed some major development and editing.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Julia whelan is awesome and saved this audio. She's one of my favorite audible narrators and I often download books just because on her.


    Was Perfect on Paper worth the listening time?

    I finished it and others may like it. It had all the makings for a nice contemporary romance- the backdrop of San Francisco, gal pals having a good time, dating in the city and some light comedic banter. But this book just fell short in so many ways - The jokes could have been better, the characters could have been more developed and interesting, the romance fleshed out. Our main character Waverly Is just annoying and one dimensional. This audio book just could have been more......more thought out.....edited......funny.......and interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    The "honey" cards had me on the verge of cringe.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Michael C. Hall
    Overall
    (1828)
    Performance
    (1661)
    Story
    (1675)

    Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

    Michael says: "Subtle yet Extravagant"
    "Not a fan of Holly Golightly"
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    Where does Breakfast at Tiffany's rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks in the middle and I neither loved or hated this audiobook. I wanted to be sucked in and captivated by this story, but I just wasn't. Holly Golightly is one of the most self centered, narcissistic and selfish characters I've come across in awhile. I found her neither provocative or independent. Had her character been likable or at the very least one I could understand, I might have had more patience for her. When she dumps her cat, then cries for her to return, that was it for me. I am glad that this story was only 3 hours long, because there's only so much shallow l can handle.


    What about Michael C. Hall’s performance did you like?

    He was great and 5 stars all around! His voice was perfect.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I don't know what her neighbor "Fred" saw in Holly Golightly. He loved her and in fact every man loved her and I still don't know why. I just didn't get her allure.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the movie and had Audrey Hepburn in my mind while listening to Breakfast at Tiffany's. The movie is nothing like the book. The movie is all eye candy and Audrey Hepburn takes you on an experience - she takes you to a grand party. Holly Golightly of the book is reckless and dumps her cat in a back alley, and expects others to clean up her messes. I understand that she had a hard life, was traumatized and sexually exploited. She's a survivor and living the only life she knows how to live. I get it, and I still don't like her.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl You Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Penny Rawlins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (600)

    France, 1916: Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War II, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer’s dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything - her family, her reputation, and her life - to see her husband again.

    FanB14 says: "Exquisite Portrait of Sophie and Liz"
    "A new favorite author"
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    I discovered Jojo Moyes earlier this year when I read "Me Before You." That was an instant slam dunk, it was sooo good audiobook. It was well written, the story and characters were fleshed out and it took a serious topic and gave it dimension and life. She provided a framework in which to think about the topic and while it a heavy subject, the writing was light, the images believable and the characters were likable. So, in a nutshell Jojo Moyers did it again. The Girl you Left Behind is about art restitution. Millions of prized and personal art pieces were stolen during the Nazi occupation and this is the story of one piece told through two voices - one from the past and present. Sophie is our voice from the past and the the wife of the artist. Her story is compelling and at times nerve wracking. I grew to care for her and therefore worried for her character throughout the book. Then, there is the story of Liv, the modern day "owner" of the piece, and widower. I TRULY enjoyed both stories which is something I can't often say when two voices describing two time periods are used. Just as with "Me Before You" Jojo Moyers wrote an outstanding book. She's turning into one of my favorite writers and I can't wait to listen to more. This is absolutely worth a credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bill Dedman, Paul Clark Newell
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (345)

    When Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Dedman noticed in 2009 a grand home for sale, unoccupied for nearly 60 years, he stumbled through a surprising portal into American history. Empty Mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of the 19th century with a 21st-century battle over a $300 million inheritance. At its heart is a reclusive heiress named Huguette Clark, a woman so secretive that, at the time of her death at age 104, no new photograph of her had been seen in decades.

    Novotny says: "I still don't know much about Huguette Clark"
    "The Mysterious Huguette Clark"
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    I finished this audio about 6 weeks ago and it's just one of those stories that has stayed with me because it is so extraordinary and bizarre. The sheer amount of money that she was born into and later inherited is staggering. I can't begin to imagine the opulence in which she was born, even though the descriptions throughout the audio paint a staggeringly rich and not so appealing picture. Huguette was reclusive, odd, solitary, as well as generous and maybe too trusting. Or was she sick with underlining psychological issues - I mean who lives in a hospital for 20 years? The book paints a very unflattering picture of hospital administration, Huguette's nurse and a few others "on staff." I highly recommend this book - I listened to this book weeks ago and I'm still telling people about this strange American heiress. It's sad, informative and interesting. Yes, absolutely worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Morton Sellers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1631)
    Performance
    (1446)
    Story
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    A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

    Chris Reich says: "Scared the Hell Out of Me"
    "Further proof the Scientology is WHACK!"
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    Where does Going Clear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the most informative audiobooks I've listened to. Lawrence Wright's book tries to explain Scientology's hold in Hollywood and why seemingly "normal" people get involved with the religion. He does a very good job telling this story by first taking you on Paul Haggis' journey, then introducing you to countless people, in many cases former high ranking officials, who have been abused in one way or another by the church. It's a page turner!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were enough moments of physical and emotional abuse that left me saddened. Sometime last year I read Jenna Miscavage's Beyond Belief and she also detailed lots of abuse so Lawrence Wright's expose wasn't surprising. However, what is surprising is how this abuse is sustained and ignored. It's ignored by the government and ignored by fellow Scientologists. I was left feeling disgusted. David Miscavage, and to some degree Tom Cruise should be in jail for sanctioning this unethical and abusive behavior.


    Any additional comments?

    Lawrence Wright writes with a sympathetic ear. I was impressed because he could have easily written a tongue and cheek expose and had a "told ya so" point of view, especially when story after story detailed similar endings. He doesn't do that, instead he tries to point out facts and patterns through the use of individual story telling. I felt sad then MAD for these folks. Most spent their entire lives, and life savings, sacrificed friendships and family, only to be dropped by the church when they asked too many questions, didn't agree with the church, or didn't follow orders. It's a terrible religion - there is no way around that. Obviously many people have found the teachings useful, but I'm sorry, the ends do not justify the means. Everyone should read/listen to this book. It's that good!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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